Google Sponsors Mental Health Competition

Michael Martin

When Google employee and Haas alumnus Michael Martin (MBA ’09) wanted to continue his father’s legacy of improving the quality of and access to mental healthcare, he reached out to the Healthcare Association and Tech Club at the UC Berkeley Haas Graduate School of Business. To better support construction workers facing disproportionate rates of anxiety, addiction, depression, and suicide, Martin and Google partnered with Haas in the first ever John E. Martin Mental Healthcare Tech Challenge.

In the run-up to the challenge, Haas hosted a speaker series consisting of three sessions: Mental Health in the Construction Industry, Mental Health at Google, and Google in Healthcare.

The case competition field included 12 teams of students eager to take on the challenge of creating meaningful change in business from the likes of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Columbia Business School, Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, and Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

the winning team, Team CLiCKS
From left to right, top to bottom: Eugene Kim, Zhouran (Zia) Li, Chen Su, & Zixuan Chen

The winning team, Team CLiCKS, developed a mental health app addressing three critical factors: prevention, assessment, and intervention. Through this app, construction workers would have access to music, podcasts, mental health specialists, peer volunteers, and a community-based forum to seek emotional support. The app would also collect daily mental health data from users through notifications, wellness checks, and diary entries.

Following the success of the competition, Google will once again partner with the Haas Tech Club and Healthcare Association in 2021.